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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

If you ever observe that has altered your default search engine and homepage, it is very probable that you have installed new software on your system. In this case, it is very probable that is associated with FindWide browser plugin. It is not likely that this software is a typical browser hijacker because you have not noticed the information that your search engine and homepage are going to be replaced yourself. You should install new programs more carefully if you do not want to notice undesirable changes in the future. Unfortunately, these changes tend to affect all the major browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Thus, you should delete browser plugin and then get rid of, if you want to restore the changes.

Computer users tend to leave as their default search engine because it allows them to access various websites (e.g. Facebook, Wikipedia, and Twitter) very quickly. What is more, this search provider offers multisearch service; thus, users are able to search for Images, News, and Videos. Unfortunately, this search engine has some drawbacks as well. The main one is associated with the observation that it might cause harm to the security of your system. No, this search engine is not harmful itself; however, the same cannot be said about all those sponsored links that will be incorporated among decent search results. Even though, most of them are placed under the category “Ads”, less attentive computer users might still click on them and thus be taken to corrupted websites.

As it has been mentioned above, search engine usually comes together with FindWide toolbar. However, you should definitely not trust this piece of software if you have downloaded it from unreliable sources or if it has entered your system without your permission. Keep in mind that plenty of software is distributed with additional programs nowadays; thus, you should be very careful in order not to load your system with those unfamiliar ones.

If you want to set back your preferred homepage and search engine, you should get rid of FindWide first and then reset your browsers. The manual removal instructions, which we have provided for you below, will help you to do that; however, do not forget to scan your system with a reliable antimalware scanner, for instance, SpyHunter because not all the elements can be removed manually and there might be other, even more serious, threats hiding on your PC. removal

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Select the undesirable software.
  5. Click the Remove button.

Windows 7 and Vista

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Right-click on the suspicious application.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.

Windows 8

  1. Tap the Windows key.
  2. Right-click on the background.
  3. Select All apps.
  4. Locate Control Panel on the list of applications.
  5. Select it and then access Uninstall a program.
  6. Right-click on the FindWide.
  7. Click the Uninstall button to remove it.

Internet Explorer

  1. Launch your browser and tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. Locate and click on the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset button.
  5. Tick Delete personal settings and then click the Reset button.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Tap Alt+H.
  3. Select Troubleshooting Information.
  4. Click Reset Firefox.
  5. Click Reset Firefox in the dialog box again.

Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome browser.
  2. Tap Alt+F to access the menu.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Click Show advanced settings.
  5. Select Reset browser settings.
  6. Click the Reset button.
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